Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake
Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
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Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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Category Red Wine
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Region California, Napa Valley, Rutherford
Brand Nickel & Nickel
Alcohol/vol 14.9%

Since 1997, Nickel & Nickel has focused on producing single-vineyard, single varietal Napa Valley wines from the appellation’s most significant AVAs. Owned by Far Niente, it is located in Oakville, Napa Valley. The process of selecting a site to produce a single-vineyard wine is of paramount importance. Every aspect of a vineyard must meet the Nickel & Nickel standards, including the soil, rootstock, clonal selection, exposure and farming practices. The viticulture team farms with precision, based on what is required for each site to achieve the purest expression of its place. The process reveals how vineyards that are in some cases less than a mile apart and growing the same varietal, may produce wines of remarkably different character.

C.C. Ranch is planted in Rutherford, along the slope of a knoll  west of the Silverado Trail. The vineyard grows classic Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon on well-drained, gravelly loam soil and receives a variety of exposures, depending on the block and location. The vines are well balanced and the canopy is opened up to give good light exposure. Nickel & Nickel produces wine from 15 select acres of this 115-acre vineyard. 

Look for notes of bright cherry, raspberry and dried herbs with a bright, elegant entry with seductive flavors of red fruit, tobacco leaf and baking spices coating the tongue. A delicate minerality on the palate creates a finish that lingers well after the last sip.


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The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon C.C. Ranch is a wine of real breadth and dimension. All of the natural power of Rutherford comes through in a Cabernet that is impressive from the very first taste. Black cherry, dark chocolate, licorice, cloves and scorched earth all open in the glass. Sumptuous, bold and powerful, the 2018 C.C. Ranch is superb in this tasting.

Antonio Galloni, January 2021
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The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon C.C. Ranch is made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and was aged in French oak, 48% new, for 18 months. With a deep garnet-purple color, it comes skipping out of the glass with bright, cheery scents of ripe black cherries, mulberries and crushed black currants with suggestions of chocolate box, menthol, lavender and plum preserves. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is completely coated with crunchy black berry layers, supported by fine-grained tannins and a lively backbone, finishing long and fragrant.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, November 30, 2020
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The toasted oak adds a note of salt to the gravelly texture of this 100% varietal wine. It is tight and youthful in tannin and weight. As it unwinds in the glass, it reveals a structured plushness of rich black cherry and currant.

Virginie Boone, March 1, 2021
Jeb Dunnuck
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All Rutherford Cabernet, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon C.C. Ranch offers up a juicy, unevolved bouquet of mulberries, blueberries, sappy green herbs, graphite, and a touch of earth. This carries to a medium to full-bodied, concentrated 2018 with good purity, present yet integrated tannins, and outstanding length. It's a little rough around the edges at the moment, but it's going to come together nicely for 2-4 years of bottle age and evolve for 15 years or so.

January 27, 2021
Wine Spectator
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Plump and friendly, with a core of warm plum and cassis sitting atop a rounded structure while notes of licorice root and roasted cedar fill in through the finish, adding nice contrast. Best from 2021 through 2030. 4,436 cases made.

James Molesworth, February 28, 2021

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